StumbleUpon is a social discovery and bookmarking website that finds and recommends content to its users. Stumbleupon’s features allow users to discover and rate videos, web pages and photos that are personalized to you.
Your interests are recorded by using the “Like It” feature that gives you the power to knock the content up a place giving more people the chance to discover it.
This is a great opportunity for your business to get noticed online. When you submit your content to StumbleUpon it will give your business an audience that you may not have already had. How successful your content is on StumbleUpon depends on how its community rates your content.
It’s pretty easy to get going with StumbleUpon so here are the 5 steps needed to start “Stumbling”:
1. Go to www.stumbleupon.com and click “Join for Free”
2. You have two options; Join using your Facebook account or regular email. Once you have entered your details click “Get Started”
3. Go to “Settings” located on the top right under the gear symbol. Fill out your information and preferences here.
4. your profile page. From here you can follow new people, update your interests and manage your likes.
5. Click the button on the top left to start your first “stumble”.
Breakdown of the StumbleUpon toolbar
Stumble: Clicking this button will take you to a web page that is personalised to you based on your interests. It will display content from another website below but the toolbar will stay above.
Like: If the web page, image or video was to your liking you can click the “I like it!” button to show other users this content is epic.
Dislike: Not that interested? Click the thumbs down button to show your disproval. This will make the content show up less to other users.
Share: Found a great site but don’t want your friends to miss out? Click the “Share” button to share the content across a range of networks.
Comment: You can post your reaction to the page on the comments section which is shown with a speech bubble.
Interests: You can stumble new content by selecting from a list of all the interests.
Explore: As well as finding new content using the interests tab you can also find it using keywords/tags. Just enter your search time to find relevant content.
Notifications: Just like with Facebook or any other social network there is a notifications box. This will notify you of any updates such as a user liking your content or making a comment.
Settings: From here you can change your preferences, settings, help and the “sign out” button.
Post Web Content on Stumbleupon and Bring Users to Your Website, Blog or Social Media Sites
Adding content to StumbleUpon is the main way you can get your business noticed on this site. To add your content go to www.stumbleupon.com/submit. It will be easier for you and your users to submit content from your website if you have a StumbleUpon widget. To get the widget just visit http://www.stumbleupon.com/dt/badges/create or type “StumbleUpon” into your WordPress plugins page.